March 2, 2012
Western Europe's major wheat yield to survive February cold
The main wheat crop of Western Europe should emerge mostly undamaged from severe winter weather in the past month, given it does not face more stress from rapid swings between freezing and thawing conditions.
Other winter crops are also expected to have escaped significant losses, with the possible exception of durum and barley in parts of France that may be resown with spring crops.
The main weather impact so far on winter cereals in France is forecast to be on durum, with Agritel putting 15% of area at risk of being resown. Lost crops could be switched to spring durum but this gives lower yields, Pinchon said. Winter barley was also expected to see losses, which could bring resowing with spring barley more suited for beer malt.